After Burns & McDonnell proposed a privately funded single terminal to replace the Kansas City Airport, other firms are scrambling to decide whether they want to offer competing proposals by June 20. Among those firms who have expressed interest in the $1 billion project are HNTB, HOK of St. Louis, and AECOM.
Kansas City is using a process called a Swiss challenge. Burns & McDonnell and the city had been discussing a P3 option since March, and then the city decided to open the door to competition.Under a Swiss challenge, Burns & McDonnell, who originally came up with the idea for a P3 arrangement, will have an opportunity to match other offers.
City leaders favor a P3 deal because the terminal would be built faster and help protect taxpayers from risk.
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